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Newcastle: Graeme Jones urges his players to deliver a performance ‘outside the Richter scale’

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Newcastle interim boss Graeme Jones wants the players to leave everything on the pitch for 90 minutes with an ‘outside the Richter scale’ performance to kick-start their campaign in his first game in charge at Crystal Palace .

Jones will be in the dugout at Selhurst Park on Saturday after Steve Bruce’s tenure ended on Wednesday following the 3-2 home defeat in the Premier League to Tottenham.

After Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed takeover was completed, there was a euphoric atmosphere in St James’ Park for a first game of a new era, with Newcastle taking the lead after just two minutes via Callum Wilson.

Graeme Jones urged Newcastle to deliver memorable performance against Crystal Palace

But in the end, their all-too-familiar flaws from this season were once again exposed as the Spurs reacted to a 3-1 lead at halftime.

Jones has been asked to take charge of the next two Premier League games as the search for Bruce’s successor continues.

The Gateshead-born former Luton boss expects nothing but full commitment as his side look for a first-class win at Selhurst Park.

Jones (right) temporarily took charge after Steve Bruce (L) was fired by the new owners

Jones (right) temporarily took charge after Steve Bruce (L) was fired by the new owners

“I think the physical stats (from the first minutes against Tottenham) would be on the Richter scale, it held up and that was key,” said Jones. “I talk a lot about consistent football behavior and consistent football performance, so working towards that is the truth.

“Obviously the results don’t reflect that at the moment, but I work day in and day out with the guys.

“The boys have a desire to get that. They are not difficult in any way, they listen, they try to work, we try to put it into practice, it doesn’t come overnight.

“We are eight games into the season and it has to come sooner rather than later.

Interim boss Jones (left) wants his stars to be in a show 'of the Richter scale' on Saturday

Interim boss Jones (left) wants his stars to be in a show ‘of the Richter scale’ on Saturday

“If we could bottle it up, I don’t think we would be second in the Premier League, we would probably be at the top.”

Jones added: “I spoke to them on Wednesday after it was announced. I just told them ‘it’s a clean slate with everything that’s happened before and we’re starting over’.

“When the team is selected, in some cases the players may or may not have chosen themselves, so that was the culture of the week.

“I like where the guys are, both mentally and physically, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

Club president Yasir Al-Rumayyan (C) and Amanda Staveley (R) watched Spurs defeat

Club president Yasir Al-Rumayyan (C) and Amanda Staveley (R) watched Spurs defeat

Former Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma coach Paulo Fonseca has emerged as a leading candidate for the Newcastle post, while ex-Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre are reportedly under consideration.

Jones joined the staff at St James’ Park in January, having successfully worked under Belgian boss Roberto Martinez and also spent time as part of Gareth Southgate’s England staff for the Euro 2020 final over the summer.

Whatever the future holds for the club after the reported £305m deal, Jones believes a change of mindset at all levels can now help Newcastle move forward.

‘I know what elite looks like. I’ve had it with Roberto for a long time and I’ve seen it with Gareth, with (England assistant manager) Steve Holland and (assistant coach) Chris Powell over the summer,” Jones said.

Former Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is among the favorites to take charge

Former Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is among the favorites to take charge

“I know what it looks like and what it can bring you. Ultimately, that’s what you want to get through the door in every aspect of the club, every job on the pitch and off the pitch.

“Hopefully that’s the long-term strategy with the new owners.”

Jones remains determined to help transition his youth club in any capacity.

“I have spoken with (co-owner) Mehrdad (Ghodoussi) and I have spoken with Amanda and I have been given guarantees about my long-term future,” he said. “But my short-term thinking is only on what I can influence – which is Palace and then next Saturday.

“It is important to everyone who is moving forward that I am with the football club and can offer them my sincere, honest and best help to help the club move forward.

“I will continue to do that in whatever role I get, starting with Crystal Palace.”

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